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Old 08 November 2009, 02:28 AM
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Canada Canadian con rips off California man

Frank Long thought he was helping a nephew in need when he wired $2,800 to Toronto, Canada on Oct. 28.

The 75-year-old Whittier resident later found to his dismay that he fell for what authorities have called the "grandparent" scam. The crooks pretend to be relatives, usually a grandchild, in trouble and convince victims to send them money.

The scam often targets seniors and has been around for years. It's mentioned under telephone scams in Snopes.com, which is a Web site that checks out urban legends and tales too good to be true.

http://www.whittierdailynews.com/crime/ci_13737100
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Old 08 November 2009, 07:17 AM
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Read This! Oregon grandparents warned of phone scam

A telephone scam designed to rip off people who are grandparents has surfaced in Oregon, according to state consumer officials, who described the scam as “despicable.” The caller poses as a grandchild, claiming to be in trouble and in urgent need of money.

Common scams like this also can be checked out on the Web site www.snopes.com, which acts as a clearing house and fact checker for reports of scams, rumors and urban legends.

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms...5-41/story.csp
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